NEWCASTLE United have won just one of their opening seven FA Premier Academy League games after they went down 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
United had the better of a goalless first half, Marcus Maddison denied by the Owls goalkeeper early on and Dan Taylor heading an Alex Nicholsen cross wide at the near post.
With Remi Streete off the pitch receiving treatment, Wednesday broke the deadlock ten minutes into the second half through Sam Mir’s close-range volley.
United fell further behind ten minutes later when Nathan Modest slotted home after Magpies left- back Michael Riley had played the Owls striker onside.
Newcastle threw on Dennis Knight on the hour – and it almost paid dividends when the striker was unlucky to see an effort hit the post.
United were then handed a lifeline ten minutes from time when Michael Richardson latched on to Maddison’s through ball, his shot finding the net after a hefty deflection off Matt Tumility.
Late pressure, however, failed to bring an equaliser as Sheffield Wednesday’s unbeaten start to the season continued.
United coach Willie Donachie said: “We should have been comfortable;y ahead at half-time.
“We are disappointed with the result but not the performance. On another day we would have won the game.”
NEWCASTLE UNITED U18s: Alnwick, Nicholsen, Riley, Folan, Streete (Knight 60m), Nzuzi, Sayer, Richardson, D.Taylor, Adjei (Evans 60m), Maddison. Subs (not used): Page, Robinson (gk), Toland.